Italian Consul General Gloria Marina Bellelli toured Florida Polytechnic University on Wednesday, soaking in the architecture of the Innnovation, Science and Technology Building and learning more about the university’s approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Bellelli and her office represent more than 35,000 Italian citizens living in the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean nations. On Wednesday, Bellelli described Florida Poly as “unique” and praised the collaborative environment of the university.
“The small class sizes make it feel like a private lesson,” Bellelli said.
Scott Rhodes, Florida Poly’s vice provost of enrollment, said the tour was an important step in furthering the relationship between the university and Italy.
“Italy offers a rich cultural learning experience. We’re looking forward to exploring this more,” he said.